Visual Arts News from the Vancouver Art Gallery Library May 25-28, 2012


Bold vision in Baltimore A unique exhibition of works by Henri Matisse and other modernist artists collected by two sisters from Baltimore in the early part of the 20th century opens today at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver Sun, May 26, 2012

The Cone Collection: Henri Matisse’s vibrant, colorful works Image courtesy of Baltimore Museum of Art via Vancouver Art Gallery. The big summer exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery is full of vibrant, colourful works by Henri Matisse and other early 20th century modernist artists who were exploring. Vancouver Sun, May 26, 2012

Vancouver Art Gallery exhibit shows Picasso’s personal touch There is a fantastic new Vancouver Art Gallery show, Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore. The exhibit, which features 50 paintings, sculptures and drawings from the European modernists, results from a partnership between the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum in New York. The Province, May 25, 2012

(”The Magic of Matisse”- third entry in this posting.) Are Tories aware that BC residents are still standing despite the dreaded. In the early 1950s, Vancouver Art Gallery curator JA Morris thought he had a Canadian coup for the young institution – an agreement to transfer a number of paintings by the incomparable Matisse from an exhibition in Los Angeles for a special showing. Globe and Mail, May 25, 2012

Five recent works by internationally renowned artist Rodney Graham on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery This exhibition marks the Vancouver Art Gallery’s first presentation of Artist Model Posing for “The Old Bugler, Among the Fallen, Battle of Beaune-Roland, 1870” in the Studio of an Unknown Military Painter, Paris, 1885, 2009. Art Daily, May 26, 2012

Yishu Launch at the Vancouver Art Gallery, May 25th, 6-10pm In conjunction with members opening for Yang Fudong’s video installation Fifth Night at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Yishu will present a video interview with the artist. Yishu online, May 25, 2012

‘Beat Nation’ Brings Skateboard and Hip Hop Culture to the Vancouver Art Gallery…… Someday, perhaps, archaeologists will discover a bizarre petroglyph repeated across Turtle Island: the word “Indians,” carved deep into stone and sidewalks in the style of Cleveland’s controversial baseball team. Tlingit and Aleut artist Nicolas Galanin journeyed from Alaska to etch his ironic petroglyph with a cement cutter at the entrance of the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of its ground-breaking aboriginal art exhibit, Beat Nation, an exhibition of 27 aboriginal artists from every region of North America, open until June 3. Indian Country Today, May 26, 2012

The VAG’s Aboriginal Hip-Hop The Vancouver Art Gallery has been spinning its spring through “Beat Nation,” a group exhibition reflecting a generation of artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity. Artinfo, May 24, 2012

A Vancouver craftsman builds bigger – and builds a brand An artisan in wood, Christian Woo has found fans beyond furniture design, making him busier than ever. Globe and Mail, May 26, 2012


Canadian art market turning away from Group of Seven?Sotheby auction in Toronto sees works by biggest Canadian names go unsold. Globe and Mail, May 26, 2012


Museums, Galleries, Public Art Shut Down In Fear Of Protestors In Chicago During NATO protests, who could see Chicago’s art? Very, very few. Downtown sculptures got boarded up and guarded, and “the directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute and the Fine Arts Building closed their institutions for the weekend.” The Art Newspaper 05/24/12

North Adams, Massachusetts

62 artists, 120 works, four years in the making, 100 per cent Canadian One of America’s most important public galleries is staging an unprecedented exhibition of art from north of the 49th parallel. Globe and Mail, May 26, 2012

I Oh, Canada: From Far and Widen the Spring 2012 issue of Canadian Art, critic Sarah Milroy interviews Denise Markonish, the MASS MoCA curator who has spent the last three years organizing “Oh, Canada,” a massive exhibition of Canadian art. The show, which opens on May 26, 2012, and runs until April 1, 2013, features more than 60 artists who hail from every province and nearly every territory in the country, spanning multiple generations and working in all media. Canadian Art (online), May 24, 2012

New York

Tomás Saraceno’s ‘Cloud City,’ on the Met’s Roof The interactive Tomás Saraceno sculpture “Cloud City,” on the roof of the Met, is the latest example of scientific-based fun-house formalism. New York Times, May 25, 2012

Dia Art Foundation Announces Its Plan To Return To Manhattan “Almost a year ago, after years of negotiations, Dia bought the former Alcamo Marble building at 541 West 22nd Street in Chelsea for $11.5 million. The purchase was a coup for Dia because that building sits between its former space at No. 545, and its existing six-story building at No. 535. With this additional site Dia can build a substantial 22,000-square-foot Manhattan home.” The New York Times, May 25, 2012

Klimt’s 150th Anniversary, at Neue Galerie Gustav Klimt and his 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer are the centerpieces of a 150th-anniversary celebration at the Neue Galerie. New York Times, May 25, 2012


Art And Earthquakes – A Terrible Mix Heading For Disaster In Italy “The terrifying thing is not just how much art was lost in this earthquake. No – the scary thing is that world culture got off lightly. The epicentre of the quake is close to so many irreplaceable treasures of such importance to humanity that it could have been almost infinitely worse.” The Guardian (UK) May 24, 2012

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